This Sunday begins our Education Hour kickoff and we will return to our regular fall schedule. Please join us for worship at either 8:30 a.m. for traditional worship or 11 a.m. for our contemporary praise service. To welcome back the 11 a.m. service, here are eleven reasons why you should attend St. Luke-Ann Arbor on Sunday, September 8.

      1. Foundations of Our Faith – Youth grades 6 through 8 and all adults are invited to attend Pastor Rossow’s first Sunday morning bible study where we will explore the things you need to know as a Follower of Jesus. For Lutheran followers of Jesus, things like Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone would certainly be on the list. But each famous Sola (that’s Latin for “only”) is intended to point to who Jesus is and what He came to do. In order to have a solid structure, you have to pay attention to your foundation. If that foundation is shifting or cracking, the whole building is in peril. So it is with our faith. It’s always a good and godly thing to go back to the most foundational teachings and discover anew the marvel of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. Join us Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Foundations of Our Faith will help draw us closer together as a community as we are drawn closer to Jesus Himself.
      2. Sunday School Begins – We believe that the home is the primary place faith is developed. In order to encourage and equip your home, we want to partner with you through engaging, interactive, Christ-centered experiences on Sunday morning. It’s more than an hour on Sundays–it’s a tool for faith development. Have you registered your child for Sunday School yet? Do it now!
      3. Pilgrim Walk – This Sunday, we will begin a new sermon series entitled Pilgrim Walk, looking at the Psalms of Ascent. Over the three weeks of September, use this series to take a look at your life and celebrate God’s relationship with us. Then, just as the Jewish pilgrims of the past, we come running into the presence of God honoring Him with our lives.
      4. Mrs. T-K – St. Luke is so very blessed by the service of Keryn Thompson-Kolar. Your little ones may know her better as Twist & Shout the Clown, but we know her as the kind and gentle woman that leads the kids down to the children’s worship center each Sunday during our late service for a weekly message just for kids age 4 through 5th grade. They learn a new bible story every week with the help of her puppet friends, impressive illusions and fun activities.
      5. Food! – Did you know we offer a free breakfast every Sunday morning from 9-9:45? Please take advantage of this meal to avoid the Sunday crowds at Denny’s, or to relieve a little of the stress of getting out the door on Sunday mornings. We’ll gather in the great room to eat and meet with friends, and then hang around to hear Pastor Rossow’s lesson.
      6. Fresh Vegetables and Perennials – It is still not too late to participate in Gardens for Growth. Stop by the table in the lobby to peruse the harvest donated by members to pay down our debt. We’ve raised over $2700 so far which is almost two whole mortgage payments for the church. WOW! Thanks to all that have participated so far. It really has been awesome to watch this grass roots ministry bloom into something unexpected! God really is pretty cool!
      7. Great Music – Whether you’re attending the 8:30 a.m. Traditional service or the 11 a.m. Contemporary service, we are blessed to be able to lift up our voices in song and praise. What an amazing ministry God has built here by blessing us with such talented musicians to bring us into God’s presence through songs of praise and sung liturgy. If you’re a musician and would like to use your gifts in service to our Worship Arts ministry, please visit with Jeff Greunke or Greg Sharp by the music area after the service.
      8. Fellowship – St. Luke is a multi-generational community of friends and families. Come have a cup of coffee and share your journey with a friend. Find an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Get an encouraging word or a well-needed hug. You’re among friends at St. Luke.
      9. Prayer – Who couldn’t use a little prayer? If you have a particular prayer need or just want someone to talk to, visit with an elder near the side altar after the service. Take it to the Lord in prayer.
      10. You Never Know What Pastor Rossow is Going to Say Next – As we speak, Justin is preparing his message for Sunday, trying to get every word just right. And you can be sure that he’s also trying to think of an obscure pop culture reference to throw in there that only 3 people in the congregation will understand, because that’s what he does for fun. Don’t worry if you don’t get the reference because he will also share with us a message of grace and mercy from our Lord, Jesus Christ, as he helps us unpack the scripture lessons selected for this week.
      11. It’s Been Too Long – Whether it has been 7 days or 7 weeks or 7 months since we’ve seen you last, we just wanted to tell you that we’ve missed you and can’t wait to see you again. It is when we are all gathered together in praise to our Lord that our church, the body of Christ, feels whole. Sunday worship is a time for us all to come together as one body to lift up the name of Jesus.

Do you have any more reasons you can think of to come to St. Luke-Ann Arbor this week? Please share them in the comments, or post this to Facebook to share with your friends and family. And we’ll see you on Sunday!

Read more about the Pilgrim Walk sermon series.

Find out more about Pastor Rossow’s Sunday morning Bible Study.